LETTER FROM TEACHER: October 1 Week 3 (in-person class)
Attached is a syllabus for the fall semester and some rough notes from today's class.
Just want to clarify part of the lecture today as well as answer a few questions that were asked.
1. In reference to the Mariana Trench, it's actually a subduction zone with one plate sliding underneath another rather than a zone of diverging plates.
2. We talked about how Greenland is part of North America because although it belongs to Denmark, it sits on the North American plate. The question was asked if Greenland is a territory. It's identified by different terms including territory and district but ultimately is an autonomous (self-governing) region.
Here's a link to some interesting facts about Greenland:
3. Along the same lines, Hawaii sits on the Pacific Plate and is technically part of Oceania (Polynesia). But the USA admitted Hawaii to the Union as a state in 1959. Here's a link to interesting facts about Hawaii:
WEEKLY Zoom meeting information: (for any distance learning or absent student who does not wish to join the class while it is livestreaming, but would like to view a recording of the class instead, Mrs. Cascio will send you the link to the recording via email)
We will have geography class via zoom every other Thursday at the scheduled class time of 9:40 - 10:40. Below is the link for the meeting. Please have your atlas, paper, pencil, handouts from last week (also sent in an email), and a globe if possible.
*Note that this meeting occurs each week (during in person classes too) for those who are unable to attend in person classes for any reason.
Please let me know if you have any questions.
__________________________________________________ SEPTEMBER 24, Week 2
Dear Geography Parents and Students, Thanks so much for joining the class this morning and hanging in there through my technical difficulties. I appreciate all the class participation and the good questions that were asked.
Geography is taught with multiple props in the way of maps, globes, and other visuals. These don't always work well on Zoom so I'll be honing my skills.
Homework - I will spend next week reviewing in-person what we covered today and reviewing the attached homework. There is an additional homework sheet included in the packet of handouts from last week. It's a two page hands-on activity of identifying volcano locations using latitude and longitude.
I've also included a link below to a short video that explains plotting latitude and longitude. Some of my best geography students over the years have struggled with this concept so I'll take some time next week to make sure everyone understands it.
__________________________________________________ SEPTEMBER 17, Week 1 (Thursday in-person class)
Dear Geography Parents and Students, The attached slides include what we covered today and what we'll cover next week via distance learning. Also attached are my class discussion notes from today. These will be available on the CCS website.
I enjoyed seeing the students today. They were very attentive and had some great questions. Hopefully the information will become more clear next week. We'll be talking more about latitude/longitude, scale, reading maps, time zones, and biomes. Here (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hPpWCTHjzQI ) is a two minute YouTube video explaining the International Date Line (IDL). Salomon had a good question today about crossing the IDL. We do lose or gain a day in crossing the IDL but it's a little more complicated than that so hopefully the video will help. We will talk more about this next week along with all the lines on the globe.
The syllabus will be available next week. The homework is included in the handouts. It's one page with seven questions taken from today's lecture. Students should scan or e-mail the homework to me before next week's class.